Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Málaga CF – Burgos CF: A visit to remember at La Rosaleda

May 21, 2022. Málaga CF reaches the penultimate day of LaLiga SmartBank depending on itself to achieve the long-awaited permanence, and to do so they only have to beat a Burgos at La Rosaleda who arrives with their homework done, with nothing at stake but honor. The fans turn to the team, organizes a reception for the bus that transports the players to the stadium like those of the great Champions League nights, more than 25,000 people gather in the stands of Martiricos. Everything is ready to celebrate an agony and… What does the blue and white team do? Yes, lose 0-1.

Luckily, the results of the rivals in other stadiums, on that matchday with a unified schedule, smiled on the team coached by Pablo Guede at the time. With Málaga inoperative on the pitch, attention in the final minutes of the game shifted to what was happening at El Alcoraz, where Real Sociedad B was one goal away from condemning the blue and whites to an agonizing last day. He was not able to do it and Juan Carlos Real, in the 93rd minute, closed the game in favor of Huesca (3-2), to the relief of the Malaguista parish.

The Malaga had managed to maintain the category, despite losing and thanks to third-party results, and the joy in the Martiricos stands lasted a few seconds. After timidly celebrating a Pyrrhic salvation, the fans’ storm broke out against players and management. It is possibly the biggest fight that is remembered by La Rosaleda in recent years, perhaps one of the strongest since the re-founding of the club, and that the objective was achieved. “Mercenary players”, “You don’t deserve this shirt” and other chants were launched by the respectable to a squad that did not live up to the circumstances.

Just eight months later, and with few players from that blue and white squad still in the team, Burgos CF returns to La Rosaleda and threatens to form a storm of similar characteristics if they manage to beat Málaga CF at home. The situation of the blue and whites is even more critical than last year, they are penultimate, five points from remaining, and a new setback could cause them to drop out of the fight for salvation if their rivals do not fail this time in their respective duels of the journey.

This time the team Julian Calero It does come with goals to achieve. He is in a position that Málaga CF dreamed of just a few months ago, fourth with 38 points, fully immersed in the battle for direct promotion and play-off spots, just where the blue and whites should be, or at least that They sold steadily from Martiricos throughout the summer. If they repeat their result from last year at La Rosaleda, the crisis that they will cause in the club will be enormous, not even compared to what happened 8 months ago.

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